Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale
Young Kano Murasaki's nickname is Risuko (Squirrel), earned by the strength of her climbing abilities. When the rich, elderly Lady Chiyome arrives at her village, Risuko is whisked away to be trained to be kunoichi, a term the girl doesn't understand. Put to work with other trainees in the kitchen at Lady Chiyome's remote compound, Risuko balances work with her desire to discover her purpose for being there.
The chores and personal interactions of daily life provide a nice backdrop for the beginning of a journey that I hope Risuko continues in future books. I want to watch these characters grow.